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QPR "appalled by" and "vehemently opposed" to Championship restart date

:Headline: QPR 'appalled by' and 'vehemently opposed' to Championship restart date:
Hoos is 'appalled' by lack of consultation and QPR manager Mark Warburton says EFL are moving too quickly.

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says the west London club are "vehemently opposed" to the proposed resumption of the Sky Bet Championship on June 20.

The Premier League announced last Thursday that play is due to return on June 17 following the coronavirus suspension that began in mid-March.

The EFL followed suit on Sunday evening when announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time – news that shocked and angered QPR.

"I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our director of football Les Ferdinand and our manager Mark Warburton," chief executive Hoos said.

“We are vehemently opposed to this schedule”
- QPR chief executive Lee Hoos

"Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors' working group by the divisional representatives – or anyone else in the Football League – regarding this matter.

"On top of that, we were only made aware of the statement 40 minutes before it was made public.

"Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.

"The players haven't even returned to full-contact training at this moment and yet they are now expected to be in a position to play at a competitive level in just three weeks' time.

"I have made our feelings known to the EFL and, having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter.

"We are absolutely appalled."

QPR manager Mark Warburton says the June 20 resumption date set by the EFL 'beggars belief'.

QPR boss Warburton echoed his chief executive's comments, saying it "beggars belief" to be thinking of resuming on June 20 as contact training has yet to restart.

"Staggered," he told talkSPORT. "I think everyone was staggered last night when the news was suddenly announced late evening.

"Little consolation. I know our CEO, who has been outstanding throughout, had no idea. Our medical side had no idea, nor did I.

"We had told the players earlier on a Zoom call that we thought June 27 would be the earliest and now they're looking a week earlier.

"We haven't come back until a week after the Premier League and yet we start on the same day. It's ludicrous."

Warburton added: "To get this sort of shock news last night, no consultation whatsoever with them, how can that possibly be allowed to happen?

"Safety has got to be the priority. The health and welfare of every player and staff member has to be the priority.

"We're going too quickly, it's far too soon. My concerns are very genuine."

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